Teaches US spellings

Spelling Course

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Starter Course

Teaches all the basic phonic spelling rules using multi-sensory activities and tests. At the end of this course students will understand the basics of English spelling. Suitable for students aged seven to adult.

1 Starter course: Words with a or i
2 Starter course: Words with e or o
3 Starter course: Words with u
4 Starter course: Final consonant blends
5 Starter course: Initial consonant blends
6 Starter course: Initial and final blends
7 Starter course: 2 syllable words
8 Starter course: Common words

Main Course

36 units based on phonic progression covering all English spelling rules including 'Rule breakers'. Suitable for students aged nine to adult.

Basic level

1 The basic 'Building Bricks' of the English language
2 Spelling the consonant sounds, Part 1
3 Spelling the consonant sounds, Part 2
4 Spelling the consonant digraphs, Part 1
5 Spelling the consonant digraphs, Part 2
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 4 and 5.
6 Short vowels e.g. e or ea? o or u?
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for Unit 6 words.
7 Long vowels e.g ee, ea or y? oa, o-e, or ow? u-e, ue, or ew?
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for Unit 7 words.
8 Syllables: how to divide words
9 Suffixes: why we need to double letters, change them, or drop 'e'
10 Spelling choices for /ar/ sound; ar, a
11 Spelling choices for /er/ sound: er, ir, ur, ear + wor
12 Spelling choices for /air/ sound: air, are, ear
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 10, 11, 12.
13 Spelling choices for /oo/ sound: oo, ou
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for Unit 13 words.
14 Spelling choices for /or/ sound: or, ore, au, aw + war
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for Unit 14 words.
15 Spelling choices for /ou/ sound: ou, ow
16 Spelling choices for /oi/ sound: oi, oy

Intermediate level

17 ough and augh words
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 15, 17.
18 Irregular common words – common errors e.g. would, who, does
19 Soft g: ge, gi, gy
20 Soft c: ce, ci, cy
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Unit 20.
21 The 'I' before 'e' rule – does it work?
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Unit 21.
22 Words with silent letters e.g. wrap, comb, sign, knight
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Unit 22.
23 Prefixes: when letters need changing.
24 The weak 'schwa' sound: stress in words

Advanced level

25 Word endings: -er, -ar, -or, -our, re, a and -ery, -ary
26 Word endings: -le, and exceptions e.g. al, el, ol
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 25 and 26.
27 Word endings: -able, -ible
28 Word endings: -tion, -cian, -sion
29 Word ending: -ous
30 Words with ci and ti e.g. ancient, special, initial, gracious
31 Word endings:-ture, -tain, ine
32 Word endings: -et, -ot, -ate, -ite
33 Word endings: -ant, -ent, -ance, -ence
A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 30 to 33.
34 Adding suffixes to longer words – double or not?
35 A brief history of English spellings
36 British / American spelling differences

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